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Kansas State Senate District 6

The Kansas Senate is the upper house of the Kansas Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. State of Kansas. It is composed of 40 senators representing an equal amount of districts, each with a population of at least 60,000 inhabitants. Members of the Senate are elected to a four-year term. There is no limit to the number of terms that a senator may serve.

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    Pat Pettey
    (Dem)

  • Diana Whittington
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What is your reason for running for this particular office at this particular time, and what will be your top three priorities if elected?

What do you bring to the table that would make your community trust in your ability to work on their behalf?

Thousands of people in Wyandotte County are working full-time but aren’t making enough in wages to cover the basics. Do you think the minimum wage should be raised? If so, what should it be raised to?

Wyandotte County has a very rich culture of immigrants who have been under attack in recent years. What legislation would you support at the state level to help strengthen protections for undocumented folks in our community?

Do you think the government should regulate a woman’s access and right to reproductive health services? Please explain.

Personal Biography Taught 36 years in the Turner school dist. married to John for 47years prior to his passing.Mother of two daughters and grandmother to five.
Campaign Address 5316 lakewood st
Campaign Phone (913) 579-3741
Campaign Email patpettey5@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://patpettey.org
Education graduate Turner HS BS & MS in Education from University of Kansas , Administration certificate from Emporia University
Community/Public Service Pat served two terms in the Kansas House, 13 1/2 years as a Commissioner with the Unified Government of WYCo/KCK. served President KNEA -Turner; Chair of Mayors council Against Domestic violence; Chair of the Homeless Continuum of Care WyCo;Cantor & member Our Lady of Unity parish;Lifetime member KNEA;former member Grinter House board: former member KCK school foundation;Turner community connection;Chair WYCO library board; Leadership 2000, class VI
Address 5316 Lakewood Street
I am running for re-election to the Kansas Senate 6th district because I know that I have the skills to listen to and work on the needs of Kansans. This is and unprecedented time due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am focused on moving Kansas forward working with Governor Kelly and legislators on both sides of the aisle to keep Kansas on a path forward to prosperity.. I remain committed to protecting investments in critical services, .including education at all levels.I also will not give up on Medicaid Expansion, which will provide affordable healthcare for thousands and job growth state wide.
My entire adult life has been spent in community service. I have proven that I care about all aspects of community life. I have lead community events like the Silver City celebration in the Argentine area, school PTO, and the Turner teachers association.My neighbors know that I will work with and for them,because I have been doing that for thirty years.
This pandemic has shined a spotlight on wages. Those families that were living on the edge because of the lack of a livable wage are unable to have any savings to fall back on in a crisis. We need to raise our minimum wage to at least $15.00 and hour.
I do support undocumented folks in our community and I think they should have the same protections when it comes to access to resources because if they do not have access to education or healthcare or a drivers license then it jeopardizes my safety.
It is interesting that as many talk about recognizing equity for race they don't feel the same for women and the decisions they need to make for their reproductive healthcare.I have continually voted for a women's right to have access to birth control and if necessary to make any decision concerning her reproductive health. The Kansas Supreme court ruled that our constitution protects this right. I support that decision.
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